Date of Stay: September, 2009
The book "Colorado Campgrounds - 100 best and all the rest" rates this as the 32nd best in the state. It calls it an "RV paradise." If you are looking for an RV "resort," this is not it. But if you want a good campground with level shaded sites, clean restrooms, and quiet days and nights, this a a great one! All sites have 30 amp service (note that the NFS listing shows 15 amp only) and most were long and level. A gray water dump is listed but has been closed. Since it is built on the side of the hill overlooking the Taylor River, most sites have steps up or down leading to the picnic tables. Most of the sites have a lantern post as well. Water faucets (for filling only) are numerous. Restrooms are kept very clean and have nice touches from the hosts - flowers, magazines, etc. Restrooms are listed as pit/vault but are some type of composting toilet - there was a constant motor noise coming from the restroom. The campground was quiet during the day as most people went off to fish the river or the nearby Taylor Reservoir. It was quiet at night. The only reason I didn't rate it a 10 was that the road is just below the campground and there is a reasonable amount of traffic during the day and evening. Granted we were there over Labor Day so that could contribute to the additional traffic. This campground closed the day after Labor Day for some upgrades, supposedly the addition of 50 amp service. They also have to rebuild a fence that a bear tore down trying to get to the dumpster! We are already planning a trip for next year. this campground fills up all summer so make reservations early. A few sites are non-reservable, but they are filled early. This campground is near Crested Butte, Gunnison, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
The only reason I didn't rate this park a 10 is the tight dump station and the muddy access road required for RVs. The dump station is short and on a busy Sunday checkout the line of RVs waiting lined up several deep and there is no waiting area - you have to park on the shoulder of the main access road. The main road to get to Reveneur's Ridge is a steep (19%) narrow mountain road. (The campground is at 8800 feet.) No RVs are allowed so it requires a bit of a detour that ends up on a 2 mile dirt road that gets pretty nasty when it rains (which it did). All that being said, this is an excellent park - paved sites with 30 amp electric, lots of trees, well patrolled, clean restrooms, and good Ranger led activities for families. There are lots of hiking trails, although most are pretty hilly and the view from "Panorama Point" is awesome. And it is only about an hour out of Denver! It is very popular and fills up even during the week. Reservations (for summer months) are required months in advance. But well worth it if you can plan that far ahead!
Date of Stay: April, 2009
This is a new state park and all facilities reflect it. All the RV sites are level concrete pads with asphalt drives and roads. Each site has a picnic table, fire pit and tent pad. The camper services building includes a camp store. Views of the city at night are incredible. This is a great park to use as a base to see the sites in Colorado Springs. It is also a great park for local campers to use as a "shake down" trip in the spring or a final trip in the fall.